The Importance Of Education In Education

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When I was born, I had umbilical cord wrapped around my neck. I always thought of that moment as my entrance exam to the “School of Hard Knocks”; which I like to think that passed with flying colors. I grew up in a military family with only one working parent. At the time I never realize how much my parents struggled financially, I always just assume that is the way life was. While my father was still in the military we did not have to worry about losing a roof over our head; we only had that concern after my dad was medically discharged from the Army.

For as long as I can remember I had always had to work a little harder and put in a little extra time when it came to academic endeavors. While my dad was in the military, my learning difficulties were blamed on the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck at birth. However, once my father was discharged from the Army; I was finally able to go to the same school for more than one year at a time. Surprisingly with this new stability, my academic ability started improving dramatically. I went from being a special education student to being an honor roll student. Educators started wondering if my learning difficulties derive from not have a stable home and educational environment.
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Gladwell’s argument for the 10,000-Hour Rule is firmly supported by a study performed in the 1990s by K. Anders Ericsson and two colleagues. Their study monitored how many hours students practiced playing the violin. This study showed that students who put in the most hours deliberately practicing the violin to improve their skill became elite performers. Elite performers had practiced at lease 10,000 hours (Gladwell, 2011, pp.

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